Legal Counsel

Tallinn, Harju County, Estonia Full-time

Taxify is the fastest growing ride-sharing company in Europe & Africa with 5+ million riders in 20+ countries. Our mission is to build the smartest way to move in cities – more convenient than public transport, but cheaper than driving your car.

100K+ drivers earn their partial or full income via Taxify and tens of thousands sign-up monthly. Our rides are growing 20-30% MoM - hyper growth creates various regulatory and business challenges, that we need to solve fast and proactively. Currently, we have been handling legal matters with external law firms and policy advisers.

We are looking for a 1st Legal Counsel to join Taxify HQ team. Legal insight should be at the forefront of Taxify’s rapid global expansion, enable the business to open & operate in new cities and territories, often dealing with novel issues along the way. This is all whilst ensuring that opening subsidiaries and local regulatory preparations get done on time, and that the multitude of other issues that arise at a scale-up are dealt with appropriately. The role should have reasonable balance between hands-on work and getting help from local law firms.

Based in Taxify HQ in Tallinn/Estonia you are working closely with founders, expansion managers, finance, HR and local city teams. We need business driven lawyer, who can replace “no, because,” with “yes, if.” Legal function is clearly seen as an enabler, not a blocker, and we would like to keep it that way.

We expect you to:

  • Be a trusted legal advisor to management team and business - provide critical legal and strategic input on a wide range of complex and strategic business issues.
  • Take ownership, coordinate all business critical legal matters (including regulatory and litigation) enabling smart growth with reasonable risk-management;
  • Have demonstrated experience managing complex transactions - regulatory, competition and pricing issues, licensing, tax and strategic partnership agreements is preferred.
  • Define project scope, select suitable local law firms, negotiate terms and make sure they deliver quality work on time and budget;
  • Understand, interpret and apply current regulations as applicable to Taxify platform based business model
  • Provide guidance and shared templates to internal teams on risk factors related to business decisions and operations across a variety of legal disciplines, from data protection to competition advice
  • Ensuring reasonable processes and documentation retention

You would have:

  • 5+ years practice as lawyer, preferably worked or studied abroad for some years
  • A well-rounded generalist with common sense, strong management, regulatory, competition and transactional experience supporting fast growing international technology company
  • A desire to take the initiative and think two steps ahead
  • Highly motivated, creative, entrepreneurial, and laser-focused on the details
  • Able to juggle multiple projects at a time in a fast-paced environment, while collaborating to stay in sync and working independently to get the job done
  • Ability to translate complex legal issues and ambiguity into clear and simple advice and to communicate effectively with non-legal internal colleagues
  • Understanding how startups work - how to balance between maturity in corporate governance and operations, and the practical considerations of fast growth and scaling  
  • Mentoring and upskilling managers and team leads on relevant legal risks and solutions
  • Fluent in written and spoken English, and a crisp writing style (Estonian and any other languages are useful)
  • Excellent business judgment and interpersonal skills (outgoing, down-to-earth, and with a good sense of humor)
  • Enthusiastic and knowledgeable about Taxify and ride-sharing industry

Location: preferred - Tallinn, Estonia (alternative - London, UK)

Working at Taxify includes:

  • Competitive pay and stock options
  • Great personal growth possibilities at one of the fastest growing European startups with global operations impacting tens of millions of people
  • No corporate BS
  • Benefits from working with a motivated and talented international team
  • Monthly Taxify credit for work and leisure rides
  • Regular team events, including fully paid winter and summer days
  • Cool office, snacks & drinks, table tennis :)

If this opportunity excites you, please apply now!

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